As a small business owner you may be aware of crowdsourcing and its power to dramatically reduce the cost of many outsourced tasks for entrepreneurs.
While certainly a great source of budget services, crowdsourcing is sometimes also controversial in some circles in the small business community.
The process uses contests in which designers or other professionals, often small business owners as well, compete for a single project. These designers submit completed work, a logo or other design. Then the person who created the contest chooses (and pays for) only the one he or she likes best.
But now crowdsourcing company 99Designs has created a different business model using its existing community of designers and other professionals. The company says the new service will offer same day design services for only $15.
Swiftly Provides New Low Cost Option
99Designs claims on its website it has paid out an estimated $60 million to designers in its network since 2008. The company announced its new service Swiftly.com this week.
The new same day design service doesn’t offer full projects like 99Designs. Instead, Swiftly offers essentially touch up work. This work might include logo alterations, business card changes, photo resizing and cropping, PowerPoint fixes, photo retouching, banner ad changes and more.
Members simply log into Swiftly.com with their Design99 account, and create a task.
This is done by filling in details of the changes they want and uploading a file of the work they need altered.
A member of the 99Designs community claims the project and makes appropriate changes. The file containing the changes is then downloaded by the client who pays for the work on approval.
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